I have been a huge fan of Latham Thomas for the last several years. Latham was actually a huge inspiration for the business I’ve built on my own terms.
Several years ago, I was sitting in yet another doctor’s office trying figuring out what the hell was going on with my body. While I was waiting for my appointment, I was lucky enough to pick up a magazine in the waiting room. I found an article by Latham. The article was all about health, wellness and how to redefine yourself now that you were a mama. That day, a little seed was planted in my heart and soul about what was to come next.
What I saw was Latham doing incredible work she loved, supporting other mamas, and being a mama herself. She wasn’t giving anything up because “she should!”, and glowing so brightly along the way.
That’s what I wanted. Today, I am so blessed to have done the physical and spiritual work to find and walk MY path to be a glowing mama. Thanks to the seed planted that day long ago when I was still in a fog of pain and self-doubt.
I am SO thrilled to share this interview and this amazing woman with you. We all need to know that it’s OK to step into who we are NOW as mamas and that’s it’s perfectly AMAZING to give yourself permission to do what you
need to find your own inner and outer glow.
Q – What does Self-Care mean to you?
For me self care is not negotiable. If I don’t put myself first, how can I serve at my highest level? I believe that when I follow the rhythms dictated by my body I can do wonders. My self care practice is called Glow Time and I make this a daily practice. Self care is our birthright- it’s not something we activate when we feel worn to the bone but a radical action we take that is rooted in self love, honoring the goddess within, and therefore an extension of our love for the world. When mama feels good, everyone feels good.
Q – Was there a time when you did not take care of YOU and how did it affect your life & business?
I was always one to look after myself. I come from a legacy of women who take care of everyone and I had to change the legacy I inherited. Especially as a single mother- we tend to not take care of ourselves because we put so much into our children and work/life interplay is so intense when there is only one parent in the house. I do think I go through cycles of being very focused on work and respite plays a big role in my life. I work intentionally and I play with just as much intention. The more time I make for myself- the more my glow power shines.
Q – What are your top 3 Self-Care tips that women can incorporate into their lives?
My Glow tips for self care include:
Soak it out- Take a nice salt bath with herbs or essential oils to decompress from the intensity of the day. Say your prayer and mantras there. Dream a little- let your mind wander.
Phone Fasting– Turn off your electronic devices at least once per week so you can tune inward, be present with family, and listen to your own thoughts.
Dial up Pleasure– There is so much to celebrate in life and we spend a lot of time doing things that have to get done and not a considerable amount of time diving in to the joys of life and what makes us feel good. Seek moments of pleasure and make pleasure a priority not an afterthought. Whether that’s taking a yoga class, getting a massage, going for a hike, making a collage, having a sexy getaway… When you do more of what you love and fuel yourself with more of what feels good, you will feel your best.
Q – What’s something (fun, silly, surprising) that we can learn about you?
I like to dance to Beyonce in my underwear while sweeping the floor. — Sweeping has become a meditation for me and I get my best ideas then.
Latham Thomas is a maternity lifestyle maven, women’s wellness & birth coach, and yogi, on the vanguard of transforming the maternal & women’s wellness movement. A graduate of Columbia University & The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Latham is the founder of Mama Glow a holistic lifestyle hub for women to explore optimal wellbeing. Her practice provides support to pre/postnatal women along their journey to motherhood offering culinary and nutritional services, yoga, and birth coaching services. She is co-founder of the Mama Glow Film Festival- a platform for maternal advocacy through film and philanthropy which launched in 2011 with Christy Turlington-Burns and Selita Ebanks and launched the Mama Glow Salon Series– a platform for birthing conversations around cocktails, panels, and discussions.
Bridging the gap between optimal wellness, spiritual growth, and radical self-care Latham Thomas is emerging as the go-to-guru for modern holistic lifestyle for women during pregnancy and beyond!
NOW: Latham and I want to know about YOU!
What’s the biggest thing thats changed since you’ve become a mama … and what kind of Self-Care nourishment are you needing MOST right now?
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